GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) — Florida Highway Patrol troopers are cracking down on unsafe driving habits.
Troopers will enact Operation Safe DRIVE (Distracted Reckless Impaired Visibility Enforcement) starting Thursday.
The campaign specifically targets driving infractions around large commercial vehicles, like driving in their blind spots and cutting them off.
The highway patrol says a recent study shows a surprising number of crashes involve commercial vehicles.
"And what we found was, that out of like 400 crashes, almost 100 of those involved a commercial vehicle of some type," Lt. Patrick Riordan said. "It doesn't always mean it's a tractor trailer, it could mean a dump truck, a Greyhound bus, something to that degree."
Motorists should protect themselves and their passengers by learning how to share the road safely. FHP offers these tips for driving around large trucks:
Stay out of the No Zone: Be aware that large trucks have large blind spots (also known as “No Zones”).
Pass trucks with caution: Pass on the left side for maximum visibility and maintain a constant speed.
Do not cut trucks off: Be sure to leave plenty of room when you pull in front of a truck. Large trucks simply can’t stop as quickly as smaller vehicles.
Practice patience around larger vehicles that are not traveling at the same speed as your vehicle.